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Records of Clara C. Benson in Benson family fonds

Media Type: 
Textual record
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
F 507-23
STEM Field: 
Chemistry
Description: 
Series consists of the personal records of Clara C. Benson; personal correspondence, a scrapbook containing cut-out printed images and note cards, Clara C. Benson's high school certificate, an autograph book, and calling and business cards [...]
Biography/Administrative History: 
Dr. Clara Cynthia Benson (1875-1964), a professor of chemistry at the University of Toronto, was the daughter of Thomas Moore Benson and his second wife, Laura A. (Fuller) Benson. Dr. Benson was the first woman to obtain a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1899, and was one of the first two women to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1903. She joined the faculty of the Lillian Massey School of Domestic Science, and in 1906, she was appointed Associate Professor in the Faculty of Household Science, with a specialization in food chemistry. In 1926, she became a full professor and head of the Department of Food Chemistry, and continued working in the department until her retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1945. A number of honours have been associated with her name, including the naming of the Benson Building (1959) and the Clara C. Benson scholarship (1950) at the University of Toronto, and the Clara Benson Award (1992) of the Canadian Society for Chemistry [...]
Date(s): 
1836, 1856, ca. 1870, 1875, 1906, 1926, [194?], 1959-1960
Extent: 
4.5 cm of textual records, 1 volume of textual records
Province: 
ON
Hosting Institution: 
Archives of Ontario
Collection Contact: 
reference@ontario.ca 
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